The full-time car list seems to have 44 at the moment. It does not appear that the #96 will run full-time if it runs at all this year. The #87 is the last full-time car to not confirm a run this year, but it should be confirmed shortly. I seriously doubt that the Sprint Cup Series will ever have short of a full field for a very long time, if at all. It is the premier motorsports series in the world. Teams might start to go away from racing in the Nationwide Series to run in the Sprint Cup Series. I would be interested to see if they tried to merge the series at some point. That would be interesting to follow. As always, more to come on this story I am sure.
This is something that so many people will try to explain in the coming days. Here is the best way that I know how to do it. There are two separate lists. One list has the cars that are locked in no matter what happens. That list has 35 cars on it. The other list is the cars that need help. This list has the other 13 or so cars on it. You need to keep the lists separate. That is the easier way to understand it. I will be compiling the different lists here in the coming days.
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